A Carnival cruise ship listed violently to its side for a terrifying minute as it made its way to the Caribbean this week, causing “chaos” on the high seas as plates, silverware — and nearly tables — came crashing to the floor.
The New York Post reports:
The Carnival Sunshine began to list a few hours after it left Port Canaveral in Brevard County, Florida, Sunday evening, News 6 reported.
“I didn’t think anything of it, since it’s not uncommon for ships to rock back and forth. But it didn’t rock back. It kept leaning,” passenger David Crews, of Long Island, told the station. “Plates and silverware started sliding off the tables. Then the tables themselves started to slide. Glasses and plates started to fall and shatter. At this point, it was pure chaos. Screams. Cries. Panic.”
Photos posted to Twitter by News 6 reporter Clay LePard show shattered glassware and trays strewn all over the floor in a dining area, and dozens of liquor bottles that had apparently fallen off shelves lying on the ground.
Passengers quickly lost their sea legs.
“@CarnivalCruise get me off this ship Carnival Sunshine,” Connie Calvert tweeted. “We just listed so bad that I am not comfortable being in this shop anymore. Water ran out o the pools glasses shattered in my room and drink spilled in my suitcase!”
“Last night was a very scary experience on the Sunshine,” Twitter user @Daviesgravey wrote on Monday. “The starboard side literally felt like it lifted. I was in the dining room on 3. All the tables slid and fell over, glass falling and breaking. People screaming. And all we get is, ‘It’s being investigated.’”
In a statement issued to The Post, Carnival blamed the incident on “a technical issue which caused the ship to list for approximately one minute” and apologized “for the disruption this caused.”
“There was never any issue with the safe operation of the ship and our officers quickly intervened to correct the situation,” a statement to the outlet read. “The ship remains fully operational and will sail as scheduled on Friday, Nov. 2. We remain confident of the safety of the ship as we are committed to the safety of our guests and crew.”
The ship remained “fully operational” and continued its weeklong journey, the cruise line said. Still, some passengers disembarked and opted to fly home early when the ship docked in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, the station reported.
Passengers said they received a note from the captain saying that “an electrical switchboard malfunction impacted the use of the fin stabilizers.”
The fin stabilizer is not a safety feature but helps “minimize any potential ship motion while at sea,” according to the letter, which was provided to the outlet.
The Carnival Sunshine is expected to return to Port Canaveral on Friday morning.